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5/31/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Columbus Grove is looking for a new director for their youth athletic association and recreation committee. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Todd Hoffman stepped down from his roles recently. Hoffman told village council that the park board never meets anymore. He added it was getting too hard to get people to volunteer to help.

Hoffman also questioned if a $4 per child fee collected by the youth athletic association went to park maintenance. He was told by council members the money goes into a line item in the general fund. Village administrator Jeff Vance also said the village spends more on the parks than is collected by the participation fees.

The village’s recreation committee has set a meeting for 5 p.m. on June 6 at Hall Avenue Park to discuss the issue.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/31/16 – 6:28 A.M.

ODOT has one new project on the schedule for this week in Hancock County. You can expect lane restrictions on westbound U.S. 30 from State Route 235 all the way to Wyandot County starting today. Crews will be removing pavement reflectors to prepare for a chip and seal project that will take place next week.

Elsewhere in the region, State Route 613 in Putnam County will be restricted this week for berm work. The restrictions will be in place between State Routes 15 and 109.

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5/31/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Two people were hurt in two-car crash near Van Buren over the holiday weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year-old Paige Schmelzer was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Allen Township Roads 142 and 109 around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A crash report says that when Schmelzer pulled into the intersection, she hit a car driven by 60-year-old Diane Russell, causing Russell’s car to roll into a ditch.

Both Russell and her passenger, 54-year-old John Russell, were taken to the hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.

Schmelzer was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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5/31/16 – 5:18 A.M.

It will cost you a little less to fill up the tank as you head back to work today. Local gas prices are down following Memorial Day weekend. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.40 today. That’s down 16 cents over the last seven days.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.44 a gallon. That’s a five-cent decline since last Tuesday.

However, the statewide average is up a little bit. Today’s average for a gallon of regular across Ohio is $2.49, up two cents over the last week.

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5/31/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Putnam County firefighters battled a barn fire near Pandora Monday afternoon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the blaze was reported just after 2 p.m. at 4460 Road O, just north of the village. Four fire departments responded to the call.

The cause of the fire is believed to be from brush that was burning nearby. Embers from that fire were blown into the building. No injuries were reported.

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5/31/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Two truck drivers from Texas avoided injury when their semi overturned near Leipsic Sunday morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 65 at Township Road 7D around 7:40 a.m. A release from the department says the truck was going too fast around a curve and tipped over.

The semi was carrying around 65,000 pounds of vegetables.

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5/27/16 – 6:56 A.M.

Seneca County Commissioner Holy Stacy will refile her complaint about the activities of a political action committee with the Ohio Elections Commission. The Review-Times reports the OEC rejected a complaint filed last week because it included an item about alleged false statements made by the Citizens for Seneca County PAC. Representatives for the OEC said the organization doesn’t have the authority to rule on that item.

Stacy says she’ll refile her complaint minus that item. Stacy believes that there was coordination between Citizens for Seneca County and her primary opponent last year, Richard Focht. Financial reports filed by the PAC and Focht are allegedly missing information that show they worked together. If that’s the case, it could be a violation of Ohio election law.

MORE: Review-Times

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5/27/16 – 6:44 A.M.

Congressman Bob Latta will serve on a bipartisan conference committee that will negotiate a final comprehensive energy package. The 5th District Republican was appointed to the committee by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The group will work to include things like electric infrastructure security and promoting energy efficient appliances into the final bill.

Latta said, “I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues on comprehensive energy reform. Energy policy in the United States is decades old, and our country needs an energy policy that reflects the abundant energy supply that we are so fortunate to have.”

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5/27/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A grant will help Findlay police officers communicate better in the field. The state is providing $100,000 to the city to buy portable radios. The police department needs the new equipment because the radios they are currently using are no longer made.

The city is working to get more grant money to buy radios for police cruisers.

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5/27/16 – 5:18 A.M.

More than 300 Findlay High School seniors will get their diplomas this weekend. The school says there are 338 people in the class of 2016. The valedictorian is Luke Taylor, and the salutatorian is Allison Kreinbrink.

The commencement ceremony for FHS will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Koehler Center on the University of Findlay campus.

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